Video surfaces of high school students singing Nazi song and giving Hitler salute
Footage has surfaced of students from a California high school giving the Hitler salute and singing a Nazi song.
In a video obtained by The Daily Beast, the students sang a song composed in Nazi-era Germany to inspire Hitler’s troops.
The Garden Grove Unified School District, which is responsible for Pacifica High School, said it “strongly condemns” the students’ behaviour.
According to a statement by the school district, the video was filmed in November 2018 at an off-campus student athletics banquet.
It said the students were unsupervised and the video was shared on Snapchat.
Garden Grove Unified School District added: “It was not brought to the attention of the administration of Pacifica High School until March of 2019, four months following the banquet, at which time school administrators took immediate action and addressed the situation with all students and families involved.”
The statement cited federal law to say that it could not discuss how the students would be disciplined.
Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, rabbi Peter Levi, told NBC News: “This kind of offensive behaviour has no place in our schools, and is a reminder of the need for greater awareness of antisemitism and Holocaust history.”
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Levi also said his organisation would be liaising with the school district to provide “educational assistance”.
A gay student refused to take part in another high school Nazi salute.
Last year, a prom photo of the senior class at Baraboo High School, Wisconsin, performing the Nazi salute provoked outrage online.
The only person in the photo who refused to take part was gay student Jordan Blue, who said in a statement: “As soon as I heard the photographer say ‘raise your hand’, I knew what was going to happen. My classmates interpreted it, [and thought], let’s do this as a joke.
“I think they did [know what it represented]. It did not represent my morals, and I could not do something I did not believe in.”